Meyer Academy Students Learn on Location During Overnight Class Trips
Students at the Meyer Academy received real world exposure to communities across the country and abroad in Israel to end the trimester this April. Students from fifth to eighth grade embarked on educational trips to Williamsburg, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; St. Augustine, FL.; and Israel. Students experienced overnight travel and independence, bringing classroom interdisciplinary learning to life.
Visiting historical areas with relevance to students’ curriculum allows them to immerse themselves in the regions, languages, texts and customs they studied in the classroom. The goal of theses annual trips is to expand their horizons and create globally aware young adults.
“The historical information in the students’ books, projects and research sources comes to life before their eyes,” said Danielle Ockman, Dean of Students. “It’s important to read about culture and regions rich in history, yet making a real connection to those regions onsite adds a beautiful layer to learning. These experiences stay with the children for years to come.”
Fifth graders explored historical Williamsburg, Virginia, for three days, receiving a unique view of Colonial America and the way early settlers began a life in this country. Children were amazed as they toured the living history museum, the Governor’s Palace, Mount Vernon and more. This trip prepared the students for further domestic travel in middle school and for the annual eighth grade trip to Israel before graduation.
Sixth graders enjoyed a two-day tour of historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in Florida. The middle schoolers stepped back in time to the early settlement days at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, Old Florida Museum, and the Castillo De San Marcos Fort. A spooky Gravestone Trolley Tour and a look at the infamous Fountain of Youth rounded out their stay.
Seventh grade students departed to Washington, D.C., for four days to see where lawmaking and precedents are set in our nation’s capital. Historical destinations visited by the students include a somber tour of Arlington National Cemetery and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Smithsonian Museum, the National Holocaust Museum and more.
One of Meyer Academy’s founding principles is to provide students with a strong foundation in Hebrew language and Jewish literacy. Each year, the graduating eighth graders embark on a 13-day trip to Israel with a mastery of the history, culture and language of the region.
This year, students delivered notes and prayers to the Western Wall, collected throughout the year at Meyer Academy’s replica of the Western Wall in the school’s courtyard. During their time in Israel, the students participated in services for Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Shabbat.
Eighth graders had a unique opportunity to meet their overseas pen pals, with whom they’ve exchanged emails and letters with throughout the school year. Iconic destinations visited include the Dead Sea, an Israel Defense Force base, the Jerusalem Hills, Tel Aviv beachfront, the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum and more.
Meyer Academy students were able to journal and blog about their experiences during the educational trips, allowing family and friends to follow their journeys at home.
About the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy
The Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy is a full-time, independent Jewish day school for students in kindergarten to eighth grade. Founded in 1973, the prestigious academy has established a legacy of progressive education in mathematics, humanities, the sciences and language arts, as well as Hebrew and Jewish studies built on a foundation of Jewish values and character education. Meyer Academy is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council and the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Meyer Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School and a Department of Education “2013 Exemplary High Performing Blue Ribbon School”. The school is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Visit www.MeyerAcademy.org for more information.